Re: Need help with barking neighbors
First, dogs bark. It is part of the package. Yes, if you are home 24/7, you can walk outside with the dog and take it for walks, and keep it from barking obnoxiously.
Second, barking dogs are a nuisance. They can be terribly annoying. Some people leave the dogs out 24/7 and the dogs bark almost constantly. That is when the neighbors sometimes turn to violence, poison, shooting, especially if there is nothing AC can do about it.
Third, if there is no noise ordinance in your area, there may be nothing you can do if they bring the animal in at night.
Fourth, sorry, but both owners ARE trying to control their dogs noise. Maybe they are not doing a good job of it, but they are attempting to quiet the animals.
Fifth, no one has asked you to provide a baby to the neighborhood, and I am shocked that you think people should drop dead because you are expecting to have one. The fact is, that babies get used to ordinary noises like trains going by, vaccume cleaners, and even a barking dog outside. A sickly baby can be a problem either way. But we are not planning on that. Babies need to be exposed to noise, and germs, and fluctuations in their schedule so that they can adapt to their environment.
Right now you are annoyed by the dogs and the fact that the owners are not in your opinion as good of an owner as you are. Please do not hide behind your baby. If you are frustrated about the dogs, talk to your neighbors. Make suggestions. Call AC or the police if there is a noise ordinace.
If there is not a noise ordinance, consider moving to a community where there is one. Chances are you can find some stiff home-owners group that will require people to keep junk out of their yards, RVs in garages, dogs inside, no fences, etc.
I am really sorry that your post rubbed me the wrong way. Partly because the neighbors are trying to quiet their dogs, partly because the world should stop spinning around on its axis because you are having a kid. Congradulations on the kid, that's wonderful, please keep it quiet so I don't lose any sleep though.
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